Tuesday, May 27, 2008

New Soaps! New Bath Products!

I have been busy this weekend. Noor was off so we decided to have a romantic weekend by making soap and taking turns carrying Maylee around cause she is cryning all the time because she is on the verge of having teeth! Her gums are white...very white on the bottom where those teeth are getting ready to come in. I will be forever grateful to the mysterious force that makes Maylees teeth come in, if it will just do it while she is sleeping tonight..no more cryning baby...PLEEEEZE! LOL

OK about the soap...I got some Lime esential oil from the health food store along with a buncha other stuff, but I am hooked on the lime...and the hempseed milk but thats another blog!

I made peppermint lime, lemon lime, and I really want some vanilla lime but I am waiting on my vanilla oil to come in from Brambleberry.Thats a project for another day! I also made Geranium Bergamot...it smells nice. The bergamot is orangey smelling, and the geranium dont smell like geraniums but its nice anyways. Both are essential oils. I made a bunch of lavender too in the nice rectangle bar shape.

I made yet another change to the packaging. My buddy
Pren Suggested that I keep the wax paper wrapping to seal in the freshness so I figured why not have the best of both! I wrap the soap in the wax paper, and then put the pretty tulle stuff around it and tie it with some fancy yarn...I was using ribbon but I really fell in love with this yarn I seen so thats what I am gonna use now. I am also using fancy scissors to cut the tags with...

Cool huh?

Check this one out...you can see the whole package here:

I have to stop changing my packaging!!!! I think I have made enough work for myself and I like it the way it is...it keeps it fresh and safe from any water that may come around, and it looks fancy and pretty. Suitable for gift giving!

I also made some really super nice milk bath powders. Tyler is "testing" some now that I scented with bubble gum cause he likes that. I will let you know how he feels about it when he gets out....

I used some finely ground oatmeal, milk powder, and some sea salt, epsom salt, and a lil bit 'o bakin' soda to make the waters soft. Theoretically it should be awesome...we will see what Tyler says keep reading....

You can see the baggie of it in the pic...cool pic huh? I try to make the pictures look nice to lure you into
buying...I aint gonna lie! LOL

Another project I am working on and failed a little bit at over the weekend is body butter. I was doing great till I got impatient and added damn beeswax to the mixture...it was taking eternity (as in about an hour or more) to "set up" to get like the consistancy of whipped cream, so stupid me melts in some beeswax, whips it some more, gets disgusted and puts it in the freezer and goes outside to listen to some rap music for a bit (horrid neighbors!) and I come back in to find this butter stiff as a board...I whip it with the mixer and it fluffs up real nice, and I think I got it. I was doing my arthritic happy dance and everything. I put it in my little jars and was so tickled..then I went to use it about 6 hours later....it was very.very.very. FIRM.....its supposed to be light and fluffy...not.FIRM.AHHHHHH!!!!

So now I have decent body butter, but not perfect body butter. I dont feel right selling it so I am using some of it cause its freaking awesome, my skin is so soft! I am gifting the rest. I only made a pound of it. So now I know where I screwed up and no more beeswax!! I MUST be patient!!! I also feel like I need to use some almond oil or sesame seed oil instead of safflower oil too...so this wasnt so big of a loss, I learned a lot and I am well on my way to making the best body butter in the universe with no gross chemicals!! Thats whats so important to me. I am trying my best to keep everything "clean".

I am very close to being able to make some liquid soap which will open a bunch of doors to more bath and beauty products for me to make. I am dying to make my own shampoo for a reasonable price. I used to buy some vegan shampoo from someone on ebay and I paid 8 bucks for an 8 ounce bottle. I think thats pretty fair...packaging is so expensive! I have looked into it for my stuff and my goodness! (gasp) the prices!!

I have read it can take almost a full day and night to make liquid soap. You spend several hours preparing it and waiting for it to do its thing, then you mix it with water and let it sit overnight...its time consuming but if I can make it work then I will be ecstatic!! I need to score some potassium hydroxide and I will be in business...cant buy that stuff at Lowes though LOL Thats my goal I want to achieve in the next 2 months...liquid soap! I am sick of having to buy this chemical laden shampoo at the store...I want something as pure as my soap to put on my hair that will still allow me to actually get a comb thru my hair LOL I have used my soap on my hair when it was shorter and it was OK but now that its just crazy long...I dont dare! I know
better! LOL

OK Tyler is out of the tub and the word is....my bath bombs are better! OK so now we know kids dont like this stuff...it dont fizz or shoot flames so he isnt impressed basically LOL

Tyler says the water should be more milky...and he had no idea there was oatmeal in it...that could be a GOOD thing cause you dont want a mess in your tub but you DO want the benefit of having such a thing in there...OK I will add more milk to it and it should be good to go!

So go get you some already!!!


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1 comment:

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